A Seaside man who allegedly set a garage on fire while fleeing from a car accident earlier this month is facing a first-degree arson charge.

Moctezuma Garcia, 20, allegedly drove his vehicle into a fence on Eighth Avenue in Seaside before fleeing on foot.

During his escape, he allegedly entered someone’s garage and started a fire. The homeowner and Garcia appear to have no relationship, said Scott McCracken, the senior deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.

Garcia was sent to a Portland-area hospital to treat serious injuries that police believe are self-inflicted from the fire.

Garcia has been indicted on first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, failure to perform the duties of a driver and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

Brenna Visser is a reporter for the Cannon Beach Gazette, Seaside Signal and The Daily Astorian. Contact her at 971-320-4558 or bvisser@dailyastorian.com.

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